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The stars that you see at night may be long dead and gone

The stars that you see at night may be long dead and gone The stars that you see at night may be long dead and gone
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A Short History of Nearly Everything
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A Short History of Nearly Everything
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Glance at the night sky and what you see is history and lots of it—not the stars as they are now but as they were when their light left them. For all we know, the North Star, our faithful companion, might actually have burned out last January or in 1854 or at any time since the early fourteenth century and news of it just hasn’t reached us yet. The best we can say—can ever say—is that it was still burning on this date 680 years ago. Stars die all the time.

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